Freed US reporter Jason Rezaian is just looking to catch his breath after spending 18 months incarcerated by the Iranian government in Evin Prison located in Tehran. For now, he is resting and claims to be doing fine as he tries to figure out his next move. He is with family members at a Swiss Air Force base in Landstuhl, Germany, awaiting his eventual return to the US.
In a statement issued through his employer the Washington Post, Rezaian said “For now, I want to catch up with what’s been going on in the world, watch a Warriors game or two, and see the ‘Star Wars’ movie,” later adding “I hope everyone will respect my need for privacy as I take some time for myself and for my family.”
Rezaian is free due to a prisoner exchange that was coordinated between the US government and Iranian officials. Negotiations had been on going for an extended period of time and finally resulted in the release and exchange of four Americans for seven Iranian prisoners who were being held in the states for various sanction violations.
In his case, Rezaian, who served as the Washington Post’s bureau chief in Tehran, was arrested in July of 2014 on rather dubious charges of espionage. He was convicted for said crime in September of last year in a closed trial held within Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. While he maintains his innocence on all charges, he is still considering the option to continue his work related to writing about the on going relationship between the US and Iran.
Through his Washington Post sources, he relayed pieces of information about his incarceration. Apparently, he spent 49 days in solitary confinement before being moved to a small cell occupied by two other prisoners. The only contents in the cell were some books and three cots with no mattresses or pillow.